Joel Mokyr



  • Advisory Committee Chair
  • Institutions, Organizations & Growth


  • Northwestern University
Department of Economics


  • United States


PhD (Economics), Yale University
M. Phil (Economics), Yale University
BA (Economics and History), Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Joel Mokyr is an economic historian whose interests include the economics of changes in technology and population.

He is currently working on the intellectual and institutional origins of modern economic growth and the way they interacted with technological elements. Mokyr’s other research is an attempt to apply insights from evolutionary theory to long-term changes in technological knowledge and economic history.


International Balzan Prize for Economic History, 2015

Dr. A. H. Heineken Prize for History, the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences, 2006

Don K. Price Award, American Political Science Association, 2003

Joseph Schumpeter Memorial Prize, 1990

Ranki prize for the best book on European Economic history, 1990

Relevant Publications

Mokyr, J. A Culture of Growth: Origins of the Modern Economy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2016.

Mokyr, J., Chris Vickers, and Nicolas L. Ziebarth. “Technological Anxiety and the Future of Economic Growth: Is this time different?” J. Econ. Perspect. 29, no. 3 (2015): 31–50.

Mokyr, J., Morgan Kelly, and Cormac Ó Gráda. “Precocious Albion: a New Interpretation of the British Industrial Revolution.” Annu. Rev. Econom. 6 (2014): 363–91.

Mokyr, J. "Intellectual Property Rights, the Industrial Revolution, and the Beginnings of Modern Economic Growth." Am. Econ. Rev. 99, no. 2 (May 2009): 349–55.

Mokyr, J. The Enlightened Economy: An Economic History of Britain 1700-1850. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2009.

Mokyr, J. The Gifts of Athena: Historical Origins of the Knowledge Economy. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2002.

Mokyr, J. The Lever of Riches: Technological Creativity and Economic Progress. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990.